The Merton Parkas
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The Merton Parkas began life as "The Sneakers" in south Merton, London around 1975, playing old Motown Records classics. The line-up comprised brothers Mick (keyboards) and Danny Talbot (vocals), Neil Hurrell (bass) and Simon Smith (drums), and they chose their new name from Merton (the area of south London from which they came) and Parka (the ubiquitous item of mod attire).Read More...
The Merton Parkas were great live favourites at the Bridgehouse in Canning Town, London, but were unable to appear on the "Mods Mayday '79" live compilation because they were negotiating contracts with Beggars Banquet Records. After the label's first signing, The Lurkers had recommended them. They were one of the first mod revival (neo-mod) bands to record, and their debut single, You Need Wheels, was a hit in August 1979.
Unfortunately, the rather trite lyrics had the Mertons branded as a novelty act, and they were often unfairly dismissed as bandwagon jumpers. Subsequent singles such as Plastic Smile, Give It To Me Now (produced by Dennis Bovell of Matumbi), and Put Me In The Picture failed to match the success of their debut.
Top SongsTotal plays on Last.fm over the last 6 months
- You Need Wheels - 8,400 plays
- Put Me in the Picture - 4,995 plays
- Plastic Smile - 4,617 plays
- Face in the Crowd - 5,632 plays
- Tears of a Clown - 4,255 plays
- When Will It Be - 2,975 plays
- Silent People - 2,888 plays
- Hard Times - 3,067 plays
- Empty Room - 3,001 plays
- Give It to Me Now - 2,571 plays